How to Share iCloud Drive Folders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Share menu for a folder in the Files applicationKhamosh Pathak

Apple has finally added folder sharing to iCloud Drive with iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4 and macOS Catalina 10.15.4. If you were using Dropbox or Google Drive for the sole reason, you can now switch to iCloud Drive entirely.

How to share iCloud Drive folders on iPhone and iPad

You can access your iCloud Drive folders from the Files app on your iPhone or iPad. Sharing options are now also available in the Files app.

Open the Files app and press the “Browse” button at the bottom of the screen to view your files.

Switch to the Browse tab in the Files application

Select the “iCloud Drive” option from the list of locations.

Choose iCloud Drive from the locations

Now navigate and find the folder you want to share.

If it’s only one folder you want to share, just tap and hold the folder icon.

Press and hold on the folder

In the context menu, click on the “Share” option.

Choose Share from the folder menu

If you want to share multiple folders together, tap the “Select” option in the upper right corner, select the folders, and then tap the “Share” button. This will bring up the Share the sheet.

Swipe up in the list of options on the share sheet and tap the “Add people” option.

Tap Add people in the share sheet

You will now see a new file and folder sharing screen.

Here, tap on the “Sharing Options” option.

Tap Sharing Options

From there, you can switch to link sharing mode (by going to the “Anyone with the link” option). You can also create the folder view only from here.

Choose sharing options

Then choose how you want to share the file with your friend, colleague or family member. The Message option works better. Tap the “Messages” icon.

Tap the Messages app

Then find an iMessage contact and press the “Send” button.

Press the Send button to share the folder

If you want to share the folder using a link, swipe to the end of the list of applications (after switching to the link sharing option in the sharing options) and press the ” Copy link ”.

Press the Copy link to files button

Then you can paste the link into any chat app or even send it by email.

Once you’ve enabled folder sharing, tap and hold the folder again, then select the “Share” option. Here you will now see a “Show people” option. From there, you can control who has access to the folder. You can press “Stop Sharing” to turn off folder sharing.

Tap Stop Sharing

Once your friend has received the invitation and added the folder to their iCloud drive, they will see a “Shared by (name)” label above the shared folder.

Shared by a friend in a shared folder on iCloud Drive

How to share iCloud drive folders on Mac

On Mac, you’ll find that iCloud Drive features are built right into the Finder app. Once you’ve updated your Mac to macOS Catalina 10.15.4, you will be able to share iCloud Drive folders directly from your Mac.

Here, locate the folder you want to share and right click on it to open the context menu.

Now go to the “Share” menu and select the “Add people” option.

Click on Add people in the context menu

You will now see a new “Add People” window.

Expand the “Sharing options” menu in this window to manage authorization and access to the folder. If you just want to copy the link, click on the “Copy link” button.

To share the folder using the Messages application, click on the Messages application icon and click on the “Share” button.

Click on Messages then on Share

In the next screen, enter the name of the contact, then click the “Send” button.

Click on the Send button

To monitor sharing settings or to remove a contact from folder sharing, you can return to the “Share” option in the context menu. Here, click the “Show people” button.

Click on Show people in the context menu

In the context menu, expand the “Sharing options” panel. Here, you can click “Stop Sharing” to stop sharing the folder.

Click Stop Sharing

New to iCloud Drive? Take a look at our beginner’s guide to learn all about using iCloud Drive.

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